SFR7000 Scholfield Ridge Road s(u)
This is a gravel road in Elliot State Forest. For me the
most interesting part of this ride was the old growth forest
on the lower approach of Umpcoos Ridge Road. All the
pictures were taken there. But you can use that road also to
get to other summit points.
I haven't really found any maps that map and label all of
these roads correctly. In this case the MapQuest rendering
has far fewer errors than the google maps version. However
the profile was made with the google road traces, so there
are inaccuracies in the profile.
EAST: jct Or38-Loon Lake Rd
2.(180ft,mile01.8)profile turns left onto SFR7000/7500
4.(1350ft,mile11.3)profile stays left, while right
takes you back to Umpqua River
5.(670ft,mile23.0)forest road terminates onto North
6.(30ft,mile27.1)START-END WEST: North Lake Rd on the
east end of Lakeside
From South. Just as it was a pleasure to turn off busy
US101 along the Oregon Coast onto Or38 up the Umpqua River, it
is again a pleasure to turn off still busy OR38 onto Mill Creek
Road, heading for Loon Lake. But the next turnoff is even
better. For me it was the best part of the ride. The first
non-gated turnoff to the right leads up SFR7500, also labeled
Umpcoos Ridge Road on maps (labeled FR7000 on google maps, but
correctly labeled on map quest). The first several miles lead
through moss covered old growth forest, climbing steeply up the
ridge to the north. At the first major intersection, the profile
turns left onto SFR7000, but still called Umpcoos Ridge Rd.
Surprise - the magic is over - replaced by a clear cut. The road
traverses over it. But this way you also get the first far view.
It was impossible to tell this during the ride, but according to
the map this seems to be the highest point on the ride.
From North. (described downwards) So far all
intersections were labeled with SFR numbers, that actually did
correspond to the ones on my map. The next one was the first
discrepancy, and after that the signs along the road disappeared
for a while all together. Umpcoos road stays right and heads
down hill on SFR5100, or SFR5000 according to my map. The
profile stays left and climbs a little higher on SFR2000,
Parts of this side seem to be more heavily graveled. Rolling
along the profile does not stay on Scholfield Ridge for long,
but descends on SFR2000, then 4000, a series of many short
descends that are just a tiny bit longer and higher than the
preceding ascent. Somewhere to the west, between those trees
must be a pacific ocean, and you can imagine the boundary
between the white clouds and the white sea, but I never actually
The dirt road terminates on paved North Lake Road, and signs
direct to take a left turn into Lakeside.
(< Grey Butte s(u) |
Buck Creek/ Lindy Creek Rd
s(u) > )
SFR2000 Scholfield Ridge Road s(u) : near
jct Or38 - Mill Creek Rd (also called Loon Lake Rd) > up Mill
Creek Road > up SR7500 Umpcoos Ridge Rd > up SFR2000 >
SFR2000 Scholfield Ridge Rd s(u) > SFR2000 south > SFR4000
west > North Lake Rd > Lakeside > US101 north with
detours to the coast including Umpqua Lighthouse State Park,
Oregon Dunes State Park and Winchester Bay > Reedsport >
Or38 east > back to starting point: 62.9miles with 4750ft of
climbing in 5:532hrs (VDO MC1.0 m5: 13.7.28)
Notes: the only cyclists I saw all were on US101,
paradoxically the part of the ride with the most traffic and
least scenery. But that part of the loop has a nice shoulder.
Or38 does too - no rumble strips.